Health Advice: Halting Heart Attacks, Dog Years and Cholesterol Testing

The To Your Health column covers health topics on halting heart attacks, evaluating how old your dog is, and cholesterol testing


| January/February 1988



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The old one-dog-year-equals-seven-people-years formula is "total nonsense," according to Dr. Alan Beck at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.


ILLUSTRATION: R.J. KAUFMAN

The To Your Health column covers health advice topics on new medical discoveries including stopping heart attacks as they happen, learning how old your dog is in dog years and the age to start getting your cholesterol tested. 

Health Advice: Halting Heart Attacks, Dog Years and Cholesterol Testing

When it concerns the fitness of body, mind or spirit, the editors of American Health are there, staying on top of up-to-date medical research, providing health advice, separating fad from fact and helping you preserve and improve life's most precious gift—your good health. Here are just a few items culled from recent and upcoming issues. 

Halting Heart Attacks

New techniques and drugs are enabling doctors to literally halt a heart attack in progress, thereby limiting cardiac damage and improving chances for recovery. Most heart attack victims, however, wait three hours before seeking help. By that time, as much as 40% of the affected heart muscle may be lost.

Classic symptoms of a heart attack include crushing chest pain that radiates to the jaw or left arm (and isn't relieved by rest). It's often accompanied by nausea, apprehension or dizziness. Sometimes there may be only a heavy pressure or constriction across the chest. There may be real pain of varying degree, which may or may not radiate to the shoulder, neck, jaw, teeth, belly or arm.

Six Going on 40

The old one-dog-year-equals-seven-people-years formula is "total nonsense," according to Dr. Alan Beck at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. More accurate guidelines were developed in 1953 by French veterinarian A. LeBeau, but keep in mind that large breeds of dogs have much shorter life spans than smaller breeds: 3 mos. = 5 yrs.; 6 mos. = 10 yrs.; 12 mos. = 15 yrs.; 2 yrs. = 24 yrs.; 4 yrs. = 32 yrs.; 6 yrs. = 40 yrs.; 8 yrs. = 48 yrs.; 10 yrs. = 56 yrs.; 14 yrs. = 72 yrs.; 18 yrs. = 91 yrs.; 21 yrs. = 106 yrs.

You can equate a cat's age to human age by this same guideline.





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